Although ground turkey can be a healthy alternative to ground beef, this is not always the case. Some ground turkey products are not as lean as lean ground beef, so it is important to read the labels on ground turkey products and go for fat-free or lower-fat versions.Continue Reading
For example, when comparing 85 percent lean ground turkey to 95 percent extra lean ground beef, a 4-ounce serving of the ground turkey has 266 calories, 14.9 grams of fat and 3.8 grams of saturated fat while the ground beef contains 193 calories, 7.5 grams of fat and 3.4 grams of saturated fat. In this instance, ground turkey is not as healthy as ground beef. By contrast, the same serving size of 99 percent fat-free ground turkey breast has 120 calories, 1 fat gram and no saturated fat. Even lean ground turkey that is 93 or 94 percent fat free is a healthier choice than ground beef with higher amounts of fat.
Nutritional concerns about ground turkey aside, a joint study by the University of Maryland and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that 24 percent of all ground turkey tested positive for Salmonella, some of which was resistant to antibiotics. Notably, because most nonorganic commercial turkeys are given antibiotics, and may become antibiotic resistant, organic ground turkey products are generally considered a healthier option.Learn more about Meat, Poultry & Seafood
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, frozen ground beef remains safe for consumption indefinitely, but people should consume beef within 4 months after freezing, which ensures the best taste and quality. Prior to freezing ground beef, consumers should pack beef tightly in aluminum foil, plastic bags or heavy-duty wrap. The USDA recommends clearly marking packages indicating package contents and date of freezing, which helps keep track of the storage date.Full Answer >
Steaks last about three to five days in the refrigerator, while ground beef lasts about one or two days. A chicken or turkey that is whole or chopped into pieces lasts about one or two days, while pork and lamb chops last three to five days.Full Answer >
Spoiled ground beef usually smells sours and feels tacky to the touch. If the ground beef is gray-colored all the way through and does not turn red when exposed to air for 15 minutes, it is likely spoiled.Full Answer >
One Weight Watchers meatloaf recipe uses 1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey instead of ground beef. Other ingredients needed are 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 cup onions, 1/4 strip of chopped green pepper, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheese, 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs, 1 egg and spices.Full Answer >